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Arafat death more significant than Reagan's?

The Associated Press’ annual poll of its member media outlets seeking the top stories of 2004 ranks the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the father of modern-day terrorism, over the death of Ronald Reagan, one of the most popular U.S. presidents in history.

A total of 234 ballots were cast, AP reported. The top story was the November general election in which President Bush was re-elected, followed by the Iraq war.

The poll found that Arafat’s death at age 75 was the No. 7 story of the year, followed by Reagan’s death at No. 8. Reagan succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 93 in June. The rise of same-sex marriage and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal also out-polled the passing of Reagan.

Here are the top 10 stories of 2004, according to the Associated Press:

1. U.S. elections

2: Iraq

3. Florida hurricanes

4. Abu Ghraib scandal

5. Sept. 11 report

6: ‘Gay’ marriage

7: Arafat dies

8: Reagan dies

9: Russian school seizure

10: Madrid bombings